Military on the streets as Melbourne reacts to second surge

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Australia has recorded its first COVID-19 death in a month, with a man in his 80s dying in Victoria

Officials reported long queues at Melbourne’s coronavirus testing centres, where some patients were turned away from overwhelmed facilities.

Supermarkets are once again restricting bulk buying on toilet paper and other essentials after an increase in demand sparked fears of a return of panic-buying.

Australia called in its military on Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne – a surge in infections that has frightened the country’s city with the second highest population in the country.

Victoria has recorded more than 10 cases in the last week, mostly in the state capital Melbourne, this represents a sizeable jump in cases in a country that has otherwise successfully curbed COVID-19.

Greg Hunt (Health Minister), said the government had offered the army’s support to respond to the virus outbreak.

Officials stated Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has accepted the offers of assistance from the states and had also asked for logistical support from the army.

“This support will mean we can get even more tests done and results back quickly – and a stronger effort to remind Victorians if you are sick, stay home and get tested,” a state government spokesperson said.Military deployed as Melbourne reacts to a second surge

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